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Week 6: Whew!  This was a challenging week for us.  We lost a total of 10.8 pounds.  It's hard not to think about food when you're stuck inside all the time (and the start of paczki season doesn't help, either!).  The frigid cold weather has made it difficult to get out and enjoy our favorite winter activities, but we have two weeks left and we're determined to finish big!  The good news is that we've lost a total of 169 pounds so far!  We're also excited to announce we've gained two additional sponsors, Linda Smith and Marianne Moffatt. We're thankful to everyone for their encouragement along the way-we couldn't do this without you!

Week 5: We're back on track this week!  We lost a total of 22.2 pounds collectively.  This is no small feat, especially during the long, cold winter months when hearty comfort foods like casseroles and mac and cheese sound particularly good.  We're extremely proud to have lost 158.3 pounds as a group so far and with three weeks left to go, we're hoping to surpass 200 pounds!  Wish us luck!  

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Week #3,

I didn’t post last week, I must have been too busy monitoring meals. Week #2 posted a cumulative weight loss of 26.4 pounds and Week #3 came in at 27.1 pounds.  That’s a total of 125.7 pounds for 3 weeks!!  It’s so interesting to see the changes in everyone as the weight loss starts to show.  One person has lost 15 lbs (granted she is younger!) and you can totally see it in her face.  It’s been fun to watch everyone settle into healthier eating habits.  We bought a cookbook-The Drop 10 Cookbook by Lucy Danziger-which has been a tremendous help in giving ideas for healthy, calorie conscious meals.

Thank you everyone for your support and here’s to another week of Pounds for Hounds!

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January 13, 2015

The first week is officially finished! A total of 72.2 pounds was lost!!  It’s amazing how differently people lose weight, although the average was 4 lbs per person, some of our younger staff members clocked in at 7 lbs.  The week was pretty rough (no pun intended!) with everyone getting used to different eating habits.  But we did it and are committed to losing weight through February!

We would also like to thank three additional sponsors:  Bob Hull, Una Fornshell and Susan Letts.  Thank you for keeping us inspired!

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Roxanne2In 2013, we had a phenomenal year—our best to date, as we surpassed all of our previous adoption records. We were thrilled when we totaled our year-end numbers to discover we had managed to find homes for 620 animals!

It was hard to believe we’d be able to do better than that. We decided to push the envelope anyway—our goal was to adopt out 650 animals in 2014, no matter how lofty that sounded (without adding any additional kennels). We knew this might be a challenge, but it was something we strongly believed could be done.

As it turns out, we were right. In fact, we were more than right—we exceeded our goal by 50 adoptions and ended up finding homes for 700 animals this year! This is a 13-percent increase in adoptions from last year. Our returns were lower, as well, we believe due to the continuation of Mutts With Manners and Ruff to Ready behavioral programs.

We are incredibly proud of these numbers and thrilled that we not only reached our goal, but significantly surpassed it!

This is not to say 2014 didn’t come without some challenges. We saw a number of animals come through our doors with medical problems. There was Roxanne, who had a luxating patella which required surgery. And there was Grover, who arrived with patches of fur missing and blistered skin that required medication and special food for treatment. We had a number of dogs arrive who tested positive for heartworm, which is a very time consuming medical issue to treat. We’ve also taken in quite a few older animals in 2014, as well. This can be frustrating as everyone typically is looking for cute, little puppy to adopt, which means older animals wait longer for homes.

Perhaps it’s these challenges that make 700 adoptions in 2014 even more special. Regardless of what we face on a daily basis, we promise each animal that they will be cared for and loved until they find the perfect family of their own.

At the end of the day, however, we couldn’t do all of this without our generous community of supporters. We are extremely proud to break records once again, but just know that YOU are a huge part of this, and should be proud, too!

As we head into 2015, we look forward to another year of lifesaving rescues and fantastic adoptions. Whatever the year brings, we’ll continue to provide a warm bed, veterinary care and individual love and attention to every animal as long as they’re here. Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and here’s to the year ahead!

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January 7, 2015

Well, everyone has finally weighed in for Pounds for Hounds to officially start! 11 staff members are participating with a total weight of 1,885.6 pounds. There will be weekly weigh-ins and we’ll share the total weekly loss with you!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors: Deter Racine, Nancy McEnroe, Linda Bolton, Carol Giles, Judy Gillow, and Marilyn Frey who have agreed to match the pounds lost with pounds of dog food. If anyone else would like to join as sponsors, call Teresa Chaney at 231-347-2396 or tchaney@ltbhs.com.

Wish us all luck as this will be a very hungry bunch of girls for the next few weeks!